Deendayal Port in Kandla is to have an exclusive, mechanised facility for handling fertilizer cargo. The Standing Finance Committee of the Ministry of Shipping has cleared a project for building the dedicated terminal, which will be developed at Kandla’s Berth 14. Initially, the facility will be designed to handle 2.60 million tonnes a year, which will be raised further to 4.5 million tonnes, in a future development phase.
In the proposed project all activities, from unloading of bulk fertilizer cargoes from bulk carriers to the loading of the bagged fertilizer onto road and rail wagons, will be fully mechanised. Cargo will be unloaded using mobile harbour cranes which will transfer fertilizer into mobile hoppers. From there a conveyor system, fitted with tippers, will transfer the cargo to a 38,500 m2 storage shed. The shed will be equipped with 40 bagging and stitching units which will feed the bagged cargo directly into wagons to reduce labour costs and save time. It will also lower the risks of contamination during the transfer process and reduce dust levels.
Tenders for the development of the fertilizer facility will be issued shortly. The intention is that the terminal will be operational by October 2020.